A 21-year-old member asked:
I'm a man, should i get human papilloma virus vaccine to avoid genital warts and cancer?
4 doctor answers • 9 doctors weighed in
Family Medicine 22 years experience
Yes: The vaccine has been approved by the fda for ages 9-26 in men. The biggest advantage of the vaccine is to reduce the spread of the virus to women, which can be aided by reducing the number of men with the virus. Male genital cancer is much rarer than female cervical cancer, so the major benefit is preventing some types of warts an spread to women.
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Internal Medicine 26 years experience
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Pediatrics 34 years experience
Maybe yes: Hpv vaccine is now approved for boys and men. Males can choose to get the vaccine to help stop the spread of hpv to women, who risk developing cervical cancer from hpv. Males do get some benefit, as they themselves get protection against some genital and anal warts, and perhaps some anal cancers. Researchers are looking for evidence that hpv vaccine protects against some throat cancers.
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Pediatrics 23 years experience
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Last updated Dec 30, 2016
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